I love France and wish that it was longer. Past Review

By (Stephen F. Austin State University) - abroad from 06/03/2012 to 06/30/2012 with

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA): Dijon and Paris - French Language and Culture Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned the french and also a little of European culture. It was very worth the money.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I give the five star to Mrs. Sylvie, Thomas, and the rest of the native french professor. Not to our own.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration of the program was superb.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I miss my host family tons, and their hospitality will not be forgotten.

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

People were very nice as long as one try to speak their language.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

They explained the health care system, but I didn't recieve any actual health care since I didn't visit any doctors.

* Safety:

I felt safer in France than I did in U.S

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Food wasn't that expensive, but other fun stuff was. Such as candies and other nonsense.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100 dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Yes, save as much as you possibly can so you get to spend on other fun activities without worrying on running low on cash. If you know that you're having a trip next semester, put about a third of your check into the trip each month.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

My host family doesn't speak english, and I got lost multiple times, so it wasn't an option.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 232
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Read as much as you can, watch movies, listen to music, etc. But the only way to really learn the language and speak it fluently is to emerge yourself in the culture.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the food
  • the professors (native speakers)
  • The atmosphere my host family gave
* What could be improved?
  • Actual feedback to the students by the grader.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That french bread can break jaws.